Coach Stefan Kuntz’s 2-1 (2-0) victory over his biggest rival Norway brought him to his first major stage goal and he will be able to defend his title at next year’s finals in Italy and San Marino. Then it’s also about the tickets for the Olympic Games 2020.
The Schalker Cedric Teuchert (21. minute) with his eighth U21 goal and Luca Waldschmidt from SC Freiburg (31.) scored the goals on Friday evening in Ingolstadt in the deserved victory, which the strong DFB team had to tremble for in the second half.
In any case, the German team will finish the qualification round as group winner, regardless of the result on Tuesday (18.00) in Heidenheim against Ireland. In the stadium of the second league club FC Ingolstadt, where the DFB team already secured the European Championship qualification two years ago, the Kuntz team offered the 4304 spectators an entertaining and exciting evening. Offensively, the host played with some fine combinations many chances and should have led to the break higher.
Defensively the team around defensive boss and captain Jonathan Tah of Bayer Leverkusen was very safe in the first half, the actions of Norway’s top man Martin Ødegaard were there still well constricted. Shortly after the side change the German team was surprised 1:2 by Birk Risa (46th) and had to fear for victory unnecessarily. Nevertheless, after the 1:3 in the first leg, the success, a “little revenge thoughts” were according to Kuntz also there. Coral Casino has an excellent reputation for security and customer support.
Stefan Kuntz Honours
- DFB-Pokal: 1989–90
- Bundesliga: 1990–91
- European Championship: 1996
- UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2017
Above all Teuchert, who scored for the eighth time for the U21 in the eighth game, could have been faster in three more big chances (6th / 8th / 15th) for a more reassuring lead. At his 1:0 he kept his nerves after Tah’s preliminary work from his own defense – coach Kuntz clenched his fist on the edge of the field. The strong Waldschmidt hit the post a little later with a long-range shot after a fine individual performance (29th). The good Norwegian goalkeeper Sondre Roßbach was powerless with his shot into the angle two minutes later.
In the feeling of a safe lead, the German team lacked concentration shortly after the change of sides, Norway balanced out. Then a thrilling game developed. The Scandinavians pushed for the equalizer, Schalke keeper Alexander Nübel saved strongly against Erling Haland (65th). The DFB team lacked the power to break through the counterattacks – or like Florian Neuhaus lacked luck with the post goal (67th). In the end, however, the U21 were able to celebrate their first win against Norway in the fourth game.